As a pharmacist at the Kebbi State Ministry of Health (KBMOH), Nigeria, Mubarak Balarabe works in both facility and state Logistics Management Coordinating Units (LMCU). He enjoys filling inventory management tools like Requisition, Issue and Receipt voucher (RIRV), discussions with supply chain experts during seminars or workshops and training facilities personnel on proper inventory control systems and good storage management practices in their various facilities.
His supply chain career started after he was selected by his state to participate in a seminar on Integrated Supply Chain Management (ISCM) course in June 2018. He found out about IAPHL during a human resources capacity development assessment in health supply chain management where an interviewer told him about the association. To him IAPHL is useful in providing information on courses and events in supply chain management, unlimited access to the library, supply chain tools, resources, moderated discussions about innovations and best practices, employment opportunities and a platform to ask logistics questions and receive answers from other members including supply chain experts. He received his first supply chain certification from a course posted on the IAPHL platform and says “joining IAPHL is one of the best thing that happened to my life, it gave me opportunities that are too many to mention. So I will like to say thank you to all the IAPHL team”.
The first time he played the System design for immunization supply chains game he didn’t get up to 70% of the answers correct but he played up to 712 more times and emerged as a winner with the highest overall score.